Post-Concussion Syndrome: What It Is, and How to Treat It

You may have heard a lot about post-concussion syndrome in the news lately, especially in connection with sports related injuries. While many associate concussions with a loss of consciousness, the fact is that a person can experience a mild traumatic brain injury without even hitting his head. Add to this the fact that risk of post-concussion syndrome is not related to the severity of the injury, and you have the recipe for long-term damage not receiving treatment. But don’t let the word mild fool you. Any concussion should be followed by an examination.

What Is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

This condition involves a series of symptoms that set in after a concussion occurs. These symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive Problems (memory and concentration)
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

It is interesting to note that the headaches associated with post-concussion syndrome are generally related to an injury to the neck that occurred simultaneously with the concussion. Because of this, a neck specialist is in the best position to help you following a concussion.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Concussions

At Providence Chiropractic, we specialize in the NUCCA technique. This is a specific form of chiropractic that involves the upper cervical spine. When a misalignment occurs in this area, as is often the case with a head injury, symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, cognitive issues, and many of the other symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

How It Works

When you come in for your first visit, you can expect a thorough history which will include any head and neck injuries you have experienced. X-rays will help us to see even the slightest misalignment of your upper cervical spine and more specifically the atlas or C1 vertebra. Then we can develop a plan of treatment that is specific to your needs. You only get adjusted when you are actually out of alignment, not on a certain time schedule like general chiropractic. Plus, there is no popping or twisting involved. Adjustments are so gentle that your body does not fight back, which means the adjustments and the subsequent results are long-lasting.

Over 92 percent of patients who come into our practice with headaches see improvement or complete resolution. These headaches may be migraines, tension headaches, sinus headaches, or even the headaches that follow a concussion. If you live in the Edmonton area and want more information on how NUCCA can help treat post-concussion syndrome, give us a call today!

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